Roland-Garros – Gilles Simon: “Stopping is a logical decision …” #RolandGarros # RG22 #GillesSimon #Simon #France

Gilles Simon he is about to live his last Roland Garros. Niçois, an atypical player with very tactical tennis, brilliant on and off the court, will leave a good mark on the history of French tennis. For a few years, the 37-year-old, who dropped to 159th place in the world, decided to close the tennis chapter. He will try one last time against it Pablo Carreño Busta in the 1st round Porte d’Auteuil. Inevitably, during the traditional media day this Friday, Simon he reconsidered his decision and took stock of his good career. It will start this Tuesday against Pablo Carreño Busta.

Gilles Simon before his last Roland-Garros

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It’s a logical decision for me to stop at the end of the year. “

“I’m fine. In fact, it’s a logical decision for me to stop at the end of the year. I’m lucky to be able to do one last Roland tournament, I’ll try to take advantage of it at the end of the year. Year. Maximum I have an obvious draw for one last Roland, again I will only do my best and try to make the most of it. of time, of never being really ready, of never … It’s the end of the clay, I’m starting to feel good end of the grass, I’ll start to feel good Everything takes too long, everything becomes difficult There aren’t enough good weeks. The periods are not long enough. It can be a very physical tournament. be regular every week.It is no longer possible to do so.Inevitably the ranking is also low.It becomes a lot of effort to play too little time or enjoyable matches, in with all the logical consequences that derive from it. The last logical consequence is to stop at the end of the year“, explained.

“I did the best I could”

Titled 14 times in singles and a former 6th world player, “Gillou” has a lot to be proud of. However, this is not the feeling he felt before this last Roland. “Proud is not the word. I try to see things very simply. I did the best I could. I did the best I could. To answer, who will answer all the questions, could it have been better? Yes. Could it have been worse? Probably too. At one point, I tried to do everything I could, all the time. Do we just make good decisions? Definitely not. Are there times when we are proud to achieve what we achieve? Yes. There are times when we are also disappointed. The road is long, it’s been several years. It’s been 17 years on the circuit, but in the end, as I said, I wanted to be a tennis player since I was a child. I can almost say that I have been a professional since I was 10, since I played, since I have been studying sports. During this time, you are not perfect everywhere, you are not bad all the time either. Like everyone else, try your best. The result is there. The result, I do not judge it in absolute terms in fact. It’s not a story of winning or not winning or being 6th, 20th or 30th. I’m finishing my career, do I regret it? In the end, I don’t have any. Yes, there are things that could have been better. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.

“There are many things on arrival, there were great joys, disappointments, brave matches …”

Finally, always lucid and relevant, Simon remembered his memories. “Are there any particular memories? No, there are too many. There are performances, there are very good memories of acting in the field, very bad memories of performing in the field, others where the performance was not great but the context was emotionally very different and very important. . Think of your first tournament victories, or my victory at the Metz tournament with my newborn baby. Another thing is to have won Nadal or Federer, where we are with a 100% tennis performance. On arrival there are many things, there were great joys, disappointments, brave matches, laps, reverse nightmare matches like last year at Bercy where you lead 5/1 40-0, you lose. It happens to you, you still remember it. There is everything for so many years. It is “inevitable” to have gone through all these games, to have been brave, to go back from 2 sets to 0 and sometimes to have been able to end up losing, that’s all. Many things are mixed. I don’t judge the result once again by the pure results, the number of tournaments won, the biggest tournament won, all this, just when I arrived at over 17, I did my best overall.

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